Aging into homelessness

These are two related NPR driveway moments this weekend about aging out youth and how many of them become “homeless for a day or more within a year of leaving care.” In the second article on assets “unless eligible foster children actually get the SSI payments they’re entitled to, they could wind up like so many other youths who aged out of the system, homeless and broke.”

The Plight of America’s Post-Foster Care Children

Weekend Edition Sunday, March 25, 2007 · To find out more about what happens to these children, especially after they leave the foster care system, Liane Hansen speaks to Peter Pecora of the Casey Family Programs in Seattle. To listen click here and then click on listen.

Lawmakers Reconsider Assets of Foster Children
by Rachel Jones

Weekend Edition Sunday, March 25, 2007 Across the country, child welfare agencies are trying to cover costs by claiming the Social Security benefits of tens of thousands of foster children. New legislation on Capitol Hill aims to give control of that money back to the children.
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